Garrett Maxwell threw seven innings of relief with nine strikeouts and was 2-for-3 with a double and drove in a run but Denison ultimately lost against first-place Lovejoy, 5-3, in 10 innings in District 10-5A action at Denison on Friday night.
The Jackets (11-13, 4-5) had tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and it stayed that way until the Leopards (18-5, 7-2) finally broke through.
Denison put the tying run on base in the bottom of the eighth but a double play ended the opportunity to extend the game.
Cayden Earnhart singled, drove in a run and scored, Luke Kirkbride singled and scored and Cam Wheeler singled and walked for Denison, which fell into a third-place tie with Wylie East and Princeton.
The Jackets host Princeton on Tuesday night.
Wylie East 2, Sherman 1
In Wylie, Colton West and Tate Bethel combined on a three-hitter but Sherman had its three-game winning streak snapped against Wylie East in District 10-5A action on Friday night.
West allowed a pair of unearned runs in 5.1 innings while working around three hits and five walks, Blake Steele was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, Nick Blankenship was 2-for-4 with a double and Blaise Bentsen’s home run in the fourth inning tied the game for Sherman (9-12, 3-6).
East (14-8, 4-5), which moved into a three-way tie for third place with Denison and Princeton, scored the deciding run in the bottom of the fifth on an error.
The Bearcats had the tying run at second in the seventh but couldn’t extend the game.
Pottsboro 3, Whitesboro 1
In Whitesboro, Coby Langford allowed a run on two hits with five strikeouts and four walks in six innings and also doubled, walked twice and scored as first-place Pottsboro defeated second-place Whitesboro in district action on Friday night.
Hayden Kent allowed a hit and struck out a batter to earn the save, Austin Cates singled, walked twice and drove in a run, Jett Carroll singled and drove in a run and Jasek Hooker singled, walked and scored for Pottsboro (15-2, 8-0), which can clinch a playoff spot with a victory at home against Pilot Point on Tuesday night.
Grant Beste allowed an earned run on five hits with six strikeouts and five walks in six innings, Noah Greisen singled and scored, Beste and Riley Dickson singled and Scout Sanders walked twice for Whitesboro (11-5, 5-2).
Gunter 9, Callisburg 0
In Callisburg, Brooks Caple and Ethan Watson combined on a one-hitter as third-place Gunter defeated Callisburg in district action on Friday night.
Caple allowed a hit and struck out 16 in five and two thirds innings before Watson struck out two in the final inning and a third while Watson, Powell Zuniga and Teige Harris each finished with two hits for Gunter (16-6, 5-3), which remained tied with Ponder in the standings.
Ponder 5, S&S 3
In Sadler, Stran Northington was 3-for-3 and scored twice during S&S’ loss against Ponder in district action on Friday night.
Logan Alexander doubled and drove in a run, Konnor Skaggs singled and drove in a run and Kailer Jones singled and scored for S&S (3-11, 1-7).
Ponder (10-9, 5-3) remained tied with Gunter for third place.
Van Alstyne 9, Howe 4
In Van Alstyne, Jake Carroll was 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and scored during first-place Van Alstyne’s victory against Howe in district action on Friday night.
Chandler David was 2-for-2 with a triple, drove in a run and scored, Tyler Wilson doubled, walked and scored twice, Zach Smith drove in two runs and Nathan Cuthbertson and Tom Fowler each singled, drove in a run and scored for Van Alstyne (14-3, 7-0), which can clinch a playoff spot with a win at home against Leonard on Tuesday night.
Garret Johnson walked, drove in two runs and scored, Dyson Dillard drove in a run, Jalen Thornton tripled and drove in a run, Kyler Anderson tripled and Arturo Lowder singled, walked and scored for Howe (4-15, 0-8).
Leonard 2, Bells 0
In Leonard, Jacob Monroe doubled for the only hit by the Panthers and also walked during Bells’ loss against Leonard in district action on Friday night.
Monroe also allowed two runs on four hits with 11 strikeouts and a walk while Trystan Mallory walked and Matthew Connor was hit by a pitch for Bells (14-5, 5-3), which fell into a third-place tie with Bonham.
Sam Clark threw the one-hitter with five strikeouts and two walks and was 2-for-3 with a triple, drove in a run and scored and Dalton Tonubbee was 2-for-3 with a triple and drove in a run for fifth-place Leonard (10-8, 4-4).
In non-district action on Saturday, Bells had an 11-1 home win in five innings against Celeste. Connor was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, Tyler Hawthorne was 2-for-4, drove in a run and scored, Lane Brown was 2-for-4, drove in a run and scored, Monroe was 2-for-3, drove in a run and scored, Kason Huschke drove in two runs and Landon Morse threw four shutout innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out six.
Tom Bean 9, Ector 8
In Tom Bean, Zach Lusk was 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI as third-place Tom Bean held off Ector in district action on Friday night.
Zach Adcock was 2-for-4, Andrew Johnson tripled, walked, drove in a run and scored twice, Ryan Weems singled, walked twice and scored twice, Dylan Harmon drove in two runs and Corbin Ramey scored twice for Tom Bean (8-10, 6-3).
Ector scored seven runs in the seventh inning.
Tioga 9, Collinsville 8
In Tioga, Logan Westbrook’s bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the seventh capped a seven-run rally as Tioga edged Collinsville in district action on Friday night.
Clay Mott was 3-for-5 and scored twice, Kyler Patton doubled and drove in two runs, Jace Wilson singled, drove in a run and scored twice, Kaleb Scott and John Payne each drove in a run and scored and Landon Miller singled and scored for Tioga (8-9, 5-4), which gained sole possession of fourth place.
Dylan Kays was 2-for-4, drove in a run and scored twice, Gustavo Romo was 2-for-4 and scored, Garrett Vannoy doubled, walked twice and scored, Justin Hernandez tripled, drove in a run and scored and Daniel Castorena singled, walked, drove in two and scored for Collinsville (4-13, 4-5), which dropped into fifth place.
The Pirates had built a 7-1 lead going to the fourth inning with a seven-run third inning.